Patents by Inventor Karena Shannon

Karena Shannon has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9299559
    Abstract: Provided herein are integration-compatible dielectric films and methods of depositing and modifying them. According to various embodiments, the methods can include deposition of flowable dielectric films targeting specific film properties and/or modification of those properties with an integration-compatible treatment process. In certain embodiments, methods of depositing and modifying flowable dielectric films having tunable wet etch rates and other properties are provided. Wet etch rates can be tuned during integration through am integration-compatible treatment process. Examples of treatment processes include plasma exposure and ultraviolet radiation exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nerissa Draeger, Karena Shannon, Bart van Schravendijk, Kaihan Ashtiani
  • Publication number: 20150044882
    Abstract: Provided herein are integration-compatible dielectric films and methods of depositing and modifying them. According to various embodiments, the methods can include deposition of flowable dielectric films targeting specific film properties and/or modification of those properties with an integration-compatible treatment process. In certain embodiments, methods of depositing and modifying flowable dielectric films having tunable wet etch rates and other properties are provided. Wet etch rates can be tuned during integration through am integration-compatible treatment process. Examples of treatment processes include plasma exposure and ultraviolet radiation exposure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Nerissa Draeger, Karena Shannon, Bart van Schravendijk, Kaihan Ashtiani
  • Patent number: 8846536
    Abstract: Provided herein are integration-compatible dielectric films and methods of depositing and modifying them. According to various embodiments, the methods can include deposition of flowable dielectric films targeting specific film properties and/or modification of those properties with an integration-compatible treatment process. In certain embodiments, methods of depositing and modifying flowable dielectric films having tunable wet etch rates and other properties are provided. Wet etch rates can be tuned during integration through am integration-compatible treatment process. Examples of treatment processes include plasma exposure and ultraviolet radiation exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nerissa Draeger, Karena Shannon, Bart van Schravendijk, Kaihan Ashtiani
  • Publication number: 20130230987
    Abstract: Provided herein are integration-compatible dielectric films and methods of depositing and modifying them. According to various embodiments, the methods can include deposition of flowable dielectric films targeting specific film properties and/or modification of those properties with an integration-compatible treatment process. In certain embodiments, methods of depositing and modifying flowable dielectric films having tunable wet etch rates and other properties are provided. Wet etch rates can be tuned during integration through am integration-compatible treatment process. Examples of treatment processes include plasma exposure and ultraviolet radiation exposure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Nerissa Draeger, Karena Shannon, Bart van Schravendijk, Kaihan Ashtiani
  • Publication number: 20120149213
    Abstract: Provided are novel methods of filling gaps with a flowable dielectric material. According to various embodiments, the methods involve performing a surface treatment on the gap to enhance subsequent bottom up fill of the gap. In certain embodiments, the treatment involves exposing the surface to activated species, such as activated species of one or more of nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen. In certain embodiments, the treatment involves exposing the surface to a plasma generated from a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen. The treatment may enable uniform nucleation of the flowable dielectric film, reduce nucleation delay, increase deposition rate and enhance feature-to-feature fill height uniformity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Lakshminarayana Nittala, Karena Shannon, Nerissa Draeger, Megha Rathod, Harald Te Nijenhuis, Bart Van Schravendijk, Michael Danek